Topic: William Garrow McIntosh

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A soldier of the Great War killed in action.

Corporal William Garrow McIntosh – 55081

McIntosh, W. C.

William was born at Kaiapoi on 7th February 1876, sixth son Kenneth and Grace McIntosh, Southbrook. Before enlisting he was farming at Springston. Like his father he took a very keen interest in the breeding of Clydesdales. Around 1904 he made an extended trip through America, and being an able correspondent, supplied 'The Press"' with a detailed account of his trip.  He was 5ft 8½in tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and grey hair.

William enlisted on 13th January 1917 at Rangiora and was assigned to the New Zealand Rifle Brigade Reinforcements, J Company. He embarked with them on board the Ulimaroa on 26th July 1917. He arrived in Plymouth 24th September and  marched into Rifle Brigade Camp at Brocton on 27th September. He left for France on 23rd October arriving at Base Depot in Etaples on 26th October. He was posted to 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade in the field and posted to A company on 2nd  November. He was promoted to Lance Corporal 17th December and then promoted to full Coproral in place of Corporal Anderson on Christmas Eve 1917. He was killed in action on 5th April 1918 and buried in Jean Bart British Cemetery, 50 yards South East of Jean Bart trench.This was a communication trench leading towards Hebuterne. For most of the war Hebuterne was in the front line of the Western Front and occupied by the Allied Forces entrenched on the Eastern side of the village facing the Imperial German Army 800 yards beyond occupying the village of Gommecourt. However, after the war he was gathered in and buried in the Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps. In New Zealand he is remembered on the Springston War Memorial and also on his parent’s headstone in Rangiora, East Belt Cemetery.


CWGC Cemetery  locale history:
Colincamps is a village 11 kilometres north of Albert. Colincamps and "Euston", a road junction a little east of the village, were within the Allied lines before the Somme offensive of July 1916. The cemetery was started as a front line burial ground during and after the unsuccessful attack on Serre on 1 July, but after the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in March 1917 it was scarcely used. It was briefly in German hands towards the end of March 1918, when it marked the limit of the German advance, but the line was held and pushed forward by the New Zealand Division allowing the cemetery to be used again for burials in April and May 1918. The cemetery is particularly associated with three dates and engagements; the attack on Serre on 1 July 1916; the capture of Beaumont-Hamel on 13 November 1916; and the German attack on the 3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade trenches before Colincamps on 5 April 1918. The whole of Plot I, except five graves in the last row, represents the original cemetery of 501 graves. After the Armistice, more than 750 graves were brought in from small cemeteries in the neighbouring communes and the battlefields. The cemetery now contains 1,293 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 170 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 32 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to two soldiers whose graves in nearby small cemeteries were destroyed in later battles. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

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William Garrow McIntosh

First Names:William Garrow
Last Name:McIntosh
Date of Birth:7 February 1876
Place of Birth:Kaiapoi
Date of Death:5 April 1918
Place of Death:Somme, France
Memorial or Cemetery:Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps
Age at death:42
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Farmer
Marital Status:Single
Nominal Roll:69/37
Regiment or Service:New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:13 January 1917
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Kenneth and Grace McIntosh, of Southbrook, Canterbury. Also Kenneth McIntosh (brother), Kaiapoi,
Service Number:55081
Rank last held:Corporal
Embarkation:26 July 1917
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Theatres of War:Somme
Cause of Death:Killed in action